Thank you, Mustapha, that was awesome!
Question for you Mustapha, since you were there in 1968 - what was there before the Roots 'cabin' at Yonge & Lytton? It is a single-storey cement-block building, now painted green.
I know from the subway extension photos of Yonge from 1968 that there was basically a service station on every other corner - but I don't think that's what it was.
Thanks! The Roots store took over 3 retail spaces. That's why the frontage is so wide. At the south end there was a coffee shop of - I'm guessing - 40s vintage that survived up until the 70s - all formica and chrome and a counter with stools. The north end - where the Roots entrance is now was a mom 'n pop/independent drug store. The middle I can't be sure of.
On page 8 of this thread the photographer who took archive pic s0648_fl0239_id0014 was too far away from your corner of interest to record identifiable detail but go have a look; you can get an idea of the layout of this block.